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Anti-mafia lawyer shot dead in beach ambush during honeymoon – hours after baby announcement

Just hours after announcing his first child, a lawyer prosecuting organised crime and drug trafficking was killed on the beach.

Marcelo Pecci, a Paraguayan prosecutor, married Claudia Aguilera in April. They were walking along a Colombian shore when they were attacked.

Decameron Baru Hotel where the couple were staying said that the attackers arrived on a plane ski and shot them both. A security guard was not hurt by the gunmen.

Ms Aguilera was also unhurt and said that one of the men got off his jet ski and “without saying anything shot Marcelo twice, once in front and once back”.


The most recent Instagram post she posted, just hours prior to the attack, featured a photo of her and her husband as well as a pair baby shoes with the message: “The greatest wedding gift…the approaching life that is an example of the sweetest love.”

This picture was taken in the Caribbean on the Baru peninsula, south of Cartagena, Colombia.

President condemns cowardly committed murder

The 45-year-old Mr. Pecci was currently investigating several high profile cases. He was also involved in a shooting at a January concert where an alleged footballer and drug dealer were both killed.

Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez condemned “cowardly murder”, via Twitter.

He pledged to double the country’s efforts against organised crime.

General Jorge Luis Vargas (director of Colombia’s National Police) said that he didn’t know Mr. Pecci was visiting Colombia.

He stated that Mr. Pecci was the most guarded person in Paraguay, having “investigated cases related to international terrorism”.

Paraguay is South America’s biggest marijuana producer. However, growing the plant in Paraguay remains illegal. This means that much of the crop is smuggled into Argentina or Brazil.

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Trying to ‘clarify motive’ for murder

Marta Lucia Ramirez (Colombia’s vice president and foreign minister) said that authorities are working to determine “the motives of this horrible crime and their authors”.

Diego Molano, Colombian defense minister, stated that a “high command” unit of criminal investigators was sent to Cartagena.

Paraguayan officials and US officials will collaborate within the unit in order to identify and prosecute perpetrators, according to police.

To help find the shooter, a reward of $122,000 (PS98,000), is offered.


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